drank 2010 Yunnan Pu-erh by Steepster
99 tasting notes

Diving into my Steepster box today, and it presents an interesting idea (at least to me): tea with food! Tea has always been a stand-alone thing for me, so sitting down with it at a meal is novel. :) I happened to have a bit of leftover steak with mushrooms and onions, and figured I’d girly it up with a hot cup of tea! The steep time is really short—just 1.5 minutes. I have no way to check my water temperature, which recommends 205 degrees, so I just heated it to boiling, and let it sit for approximately 28 seconds before dunking in the tea bag. It’s a science. xD

Talk about a fantastic pairing, this tea was the perfect compliment for my meal. Happiness! It’s really smooth, and reminds me vaguely of one of my favorite swimming spots—it tastes like the water smells. Earthy, river weed, and the very faintest hint of fish. :D This is actually the first tea I’ve had where that hasn’t deterred me. I’m glad I can steep a couple cups from each teaspoon, too. What a fantastic tea! I already have a great loose leaf Yunnan Pu-erh, so that means I get to postpone picking a favorite until I run out of the one I have.

Flavors: Wet Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I discovered my love of tea in college, in Oregon, where nearly constant rain and clouds and fog demand some sort of warm, cuddly beverage.

Since moving back to Idaho, where seasons actually exist, my adoration for tea has bordered on obsession. I like a variety of teas depending on my mood and the alignment of the planets. I’m pretty sure my love of tea saved my life after coming home from the deep freezer with hypothermia day after day. ;)

I am recently married, and my next project is convincing my husband that instant Lipton iced tea does not count as tea. sigh

Here’s my rating system:
0-19 – I did not like this tea. I will not touch it again with a ten-foot-pole. I may have family and friends try it in hopes of pawning it off on them; otherwise it’s in the trash. That bad.
20-40 – I do not like this tea. I might be able to tolerate it with large amounts of sugar and/or almondmilk and/or another tea. I will be giving it away to the first family/friend who likes it because I’m too lazy to enjoy this.
41-60 – This tea is okay. If I am careful how I prepare it (temperature, amounts) and add things to it (sugar, almondmilk), I can enjoy it.
61-70 – This tea was fairly enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for it, and I have to at least sweeten it.
71-80 – I like this tea. I might even drink it without additives. It may still be mood-driven, but it’s pretty good. I would recommend it to visitors coming over for a cuppa.
81-90 – I really like this tea. I can drink it regardless of cravings. I will rarely if ever add anything to it. I try to peddle it to my visitors as examples of great tea.
91-100 – I love this tea. It is wonderful. Every cup is heaven. I will not share this. I will tell people to go get their own crack. This stash is mine.


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